After being absent from the Norway national team for five years, Ada Hegerberg marked her return in sensational style by scoring a hat-trick as her side beat Kosovo 5-1 in their World Cup qualifier feminine.
The 26-year-old Lyon striker quit international duty in 2017, saying there was a lack of respect for female players in Norway.
It didn’t take long for the highly decorated player – who was the first Women’s Ballon d’Or winner – to come out on top on her comeback, heading into Caroline Hansen’s cross after 20 minutes. Just two minutes later, Hegerberg was back, striking inside the penalty area.
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After the break, Kosovo came back into the game with a perfectly conceded goal, but Hegerberg wasn’t done and would still be eager to make headlines when he returns. On the hour mark, she ran over a through ball from Vilde Risa before slamming the ball through the goalkeeper’s legs to complete her hat-trick.
After seeing a change in attitude and personnel within the Norwegian outfit, Hegerberg opted to return, which to date is great news for her teammates, three months away from the Women’s Euro in England.
Former player Lise Klaveness assumes the role of president of the Norwegian Football Federation. She has also raised concerns about gender inequality in the past.
Last week, Hegerberg extended her lead as the Champions League’s all-time top scorer, scoring her 57th goal in the competition as Lyon beat Juventus to reach the semi-finals.
Having already won five Champions League titles, six French championship titles, five French Cups and the Norwegian Women’s Cup, she is still hungry for success.
In a recent interview with The New York Times, Hegerberg said, “I want to make more records. I want to come back to score 40 or 50 goals per season. These are crazy numbers, and it will take time, but I know I can.
Perhaps the next big step will be success with her country, now that she’s back in red and white or in Norway.
The result puts the Norwegians top of their World Cup qualifying group – three points ahead of second-placed Belgium.
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